Fernando Santos: Portuguese manager sacked from Poland job
Following on from recent international managerial sackings, Fernando Santos is the next manager out of the door as he has been relieved of his duties as Poland’s head coach.
68-year-old Santos was under fire from day one and has not been able to deliver results when they mattered – with his knowledge on the international stage, Poland have been woeful in qualifying ahead of EURO 2024 in Germany.
The White and Reds have managed only two wins in Group E in the European Qualifiers, and have suffered shock defeats against Czech Republic, Moldova and Albania.
Once a EUR0 2016 Quarter-Finalist, the Poles have simply gone backwards under Santos’ tenure – who failed to hand out any debuts to new up-and-coming Polish talents.
In an imminent address, Cezary Kulesza – the President of the Polish Football Association – thanked Santos for his short stint in charge: “I would like to thank coach Santos for working with our national team and I wish him good luck in his next sports challenges.“
However, Kulesza acknowledged the importance of a head coach ahead of three massive games in the European Qualifiers: “The selection of a new coach is now a priority for the PZPN management board, so we will soon announce when the presentation of the new coach will take place.“
Fernando Santos also thanked the people of Poland for short time he spent with the national team: “Although we end our relationship, I am thankful for having led the Polish national team and I wish the best to Poland and its people who welcomed me so well while I lived here.“
A wise choice for the Polish Football Association would be to appoint a Polish manager with fresh ideas, and one who can promote and implement the youth into the first-team environment.
It is yet to be seen who will be appointed as the new Poland National Team head coach, but the Polish FA have to get this appointment spot on ahead of a crucial couple of months for the national team.